In the quest to visit all 17 U.S. communities named Hudson, 178 miles to the west of our hometown is the closest namesake in southeast Michigan. Sixty miles further to the west another Hudson can be found in northeast Indiana.
Hudson, Indiana, has a population of just 516, ranking it the fourth smallest of the 17 Hudson municipalities. It is also the fourth smallest in terms of land mass with just .69 square miles.
Located about 10 miles south of the Indiana Toll Road, Hudson Indiana is part of the Angola metro area. Angola is a city with 9,000 residents and is the home to the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County which includes Hudson students. The Town of Hudson has an elected three member town council and supports a volunteer fire department. Like the schools, police services are provided on a regional basis. The closest hospital facilities are located in Angola, along with cultural attractions and significant shopping opportunities. Ft. Wayne, the largest city in northeast Indiana, 40 miles to the south of the Angola metro region.
Little information is available about the history of Hudson. The town was originally known as Benton, however when and why the name was changed to Hudson could not be definitely determined. It appears that a U.S. post office was established to serve the area in 1869 and that post office carried the name Hudson. In 1891 the Wabash Railroad sought to purchase land within Hudson for its railroad right-of-way. Supposedly greedy local landowners demanded too much money and the railroad located its' tracks a mile to the east of the town. Despite that apparent setback, the town was formally incorporated in 1892.
Current in-town employers include Pranger Industries, Cold Heating Company and Noll Bros. Oil Company. The town is served by a Dollar General store and a restaurant known as the "Gangsters Grille."
The cost of living index in Hudson, Indiana is 86.5 compared to the national average index of 100. The median household income is $44,334, somewhat below the national average of $53,842. The 2015 mean value of Hudson's 244 housing units was $73,833. A total of 87.2 percent of adults have a high school diploma and 12.4 percent have college degrees.
Information regarding Destination Hudson's Visit 17 Hudsons in 2017 Challenge can be found online at destinationhudson.com, or at the Visitor Center, located in Hudson's historic Town Hall. The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.